“If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.”

–Yann Martel

In Life of Pi, Yann Martel goes on to point out an essential truth where the under appreciation of art leads to the depreciation of the soul, evidenced here in South Asian society, where children are relegated from birth to conform to their pre-ordained destinies. This stigma towards the arts relinquishes one from a sense of invention and self-discovery. Being deprived from exploring yourself fully is perhaps the greatest damage that can be done to the soul. Where great artists like Saddequin are by far incomparable to the overpriced endeavours of most doctors, they are also equally if not more eminent for the development of a healthy and thriving society.